Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

IMMIGRATION

D.C. Catholic Action Coalition

The D.C. Catholic Action Coalition organized a Catholic Day of Action on July 18th bringing to Washington over 200 people, mostly Catholic, but other faith leaders joined the group. We prayed together at the U.S. Capitol Building and in communities around the country. We flooded the White House with calls. And more than 70 Catholic sisters, priests, brothers, and lay people in Washington, D.C. were arrested in prayerful, nonviolent civil disobedience. All to make clear that it is well past time to stop the inhumanity! We deeply mourn the loss of the children who have died in U.S. custody on our southern border and we do not accept the inhumane and immoral treatment of immigrant children by our government. 

Now we must take the next step—TOGETHER
We need your help to grow this movement. We need your help to invite Catholics across this country to embrace their faith and radically love our neighbors. We need your help to build a critical mass of people of faith who will demand the INHUMANITY STOP—here and now!

  • Personal Prayer: Every Monday, join us in a day of personal prayer, fasting, and almsgiving on behalf of the children detained at the U.S. border. We encourage you to use our prayer card and pictures of the children who have died in U.S. custody and the images of migrants and refugees provided by the Justice for Immigrants Campaign’s “Migration Monday” project

  • Parish Prayer: Gather your local parish after a weekend Mass to pray for five or ten minutes for immigrant children. Share with your pastor our letter of invitation and use our suggested prayer. This gathering might be coordinated through the parish staff, pastor, or lay leaders, or it might begin with a few friends gathering following Eucharistic Liturgy to pray together in remembrance and hope.

  • Community Prayer Vigil: Invite Catholics from across your city or town to gather in prayer and public witness, using our prayer service and the images of the children whose lives have been lost while in the custody of our government.

  • Invite others to join the campaign by completing this form: Register to Join Catholic Action 

  • Attend a Town Hall meeting. Elected representatives are home for August recess and hosting town hall meetings to hear the concerns of the people they represent – that’s you! Find a meeting near you here. Ask your members of Congress these simple questions: 
    • Why are children dying in U.S. custody?
    • Why are they hungry and cold and scared? This is not how we want any child to be treated. 
    • Why are asylum seekers being made to wait in Mexico until their asylum cases are heard? 

  • Visit your elected representative’s local office during the month of August to petition for action on behalf of the children detained. 

  • Carry pictures of the children who have died in U.S. custody and deliver our message. Give your representative a copy of the statement decrying the appalling conditions of child detention made by Catholic Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. 

Remember you don’t need to do everything, you just need to do something and PLEASE let us all know what you have planned for your local community. Send a simple 2-4 sentence description of your actions to the LCWR Immigration Google Group (lcwr-immigration-coalition@googlegroups.com) and/or the Justice Conference of Women Religious JCWR@googlegroups.com.


Take Action: Call Your Senators and Representatives in the House at (202) 224-3121

Sample Script:

I am __________ living in ___________. As a person of faith and one who believes in the dignity of all life, I urge you to investigate horrific conditions at child detention sites. Please demand transparency and accountability for the inhumane child detention. Demand that children with family and/or sponsors in this country be released immediately into their custody. 


 


GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION


Brady United Against Gun Violence 

Brady VP of Policy Christian Heyne stated, “The American people are already united on this issue. More than 90% of Americans agree that we should expand our background check system and two-thirds of Americans want a ban on assault weapons. These solutions are popular across party lines. Gun owners and non-gun owners agree that it’s time we take action, not sides and do something to end this epidemic. We’re calling on everyone who is tired of living in fear, whether it’s walking down the street, going to school, a concert, a movie theater, a place of worship, or anywhere else- to raise your voice and say ENOUGH.”

Please take a moment this week to demand action on sensible gun legislation. Call your senators and urge them to demand that Mitch McConnell call them back from their recess to pass sensible gun violence prevention laws that include universal background checks with no loopholes and a ban on assault weapons.

Statements on Gun Violence

Read Gabrielle Giffords' statement on the deadly gun violence in El Paso and Dayton. The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued this statement on the recent shootings.

March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives, the movement that grew out of the horrendous mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida states that their mission is “to harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.” They have identified ten policies that can save lives.

See how much a student’s life is worth based on the millions of dollars the NRA has donated to politicians.

IHM Monthly Mobilization to Prevent Gun Violence: Action Needed in the Senate!

Gun violence research may finally get the federal funding it deserves. You helped accomplish this with your messages to your representatives last month. Thank you!

In June, the United States House passed a spending bill that allocates $50 million to study both the causes of gun violence and solutions to help prevent it. This spending bill now goes to the Senate.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researched gun violence in the 1980s and ’90s, but the Dickey Amendment, first introduced in 1996 and supported by the gun lobby, started prohibiting any activities that “may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” This language has been an effective ban on gun violence research. Last year, Congress clarified that the CDC and National Institutes of Health (NIH) can research gun violence. Yet without funding dedicated to this research, this clarification does little. The House has now allocated $50 million in the budget for gun safety, firearm injury, and mortality prevention research.

Click here to send a message to your senators urging them to include gun safety research in the budget.

Once you have acted, please email jpso@ihmsisters.org or call 734-240-9691 to let us know so that we can tally this month’s efforts. Then, share this announcement with your family and friends and invite them to join you in action.

Did you know? On June 23, CBS’ 60 Minutes featured a segment about the popularity of AR-15 rifles in mass shootings and why the high-velocity rounds used in the gun make it so deadly. Click here to watch.

Tell Senators: Expand Background Checks!

Gun violence in America is a public health crisis. Every day, 100 people in the U.S. are shot and killed. More than 35,000 people in America die by guns every year. 

97% of Americans support expanded background checks. So why can’t our legislators do what their constituents now overwhelming want for themselves and this country? All the evidence reinforces the fact that lives would be saved by having expanded background checks. Read more

It's urgent that our senators pass lifesaving legislation to expand background checks, a common-sense measure to prevent gun violence. Please call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge him/her to support S. 42, the Background Expansion Act. 


The Gun Industry Must Be Held Accountable!

Did you know that the gun industry is protected from responsibility for business practices that directly threaten public safety and put American lives at risk? Do you know of any other industry that has these kind of protections?

It is past time to repeal the gun industry’s immunity and hold them accountable by manufacturing smarter, safer firearms. Read more



CLIMATE CHANGE


Climate Reality Project

Climate Reality Project has teamed up with HGTV’s Property Brothers co-host and solar energy advocate Jonathan Scott for Knowledge is Power, a new e-book about the incredible benefits of solar energy and the deceptive tactics fossil fuel utilities are using to protect their bottom lines at the expense of every person on the planet. The simple, undeniable fact is this: The sun can provide more energy in an hour than all of humanity uses in a year. We’re talking about an inexhaustible supply of clean, safe, reliable power that people and countries across the planet can access to power their lives and economies.” Learn more about this resource.


Climate Change Index

The Climate Change Index is a resource for "fast facts" about climate change, its causes and impact, and climate solutions. The facts are aggregated from publicly available sources such as news articles and government websites. Click here to access this excellent resource.

 

Catholic Climate Covenant

From June 27-29, 2019, Catholic Climate Covenant and Creighton University hosted the inaugural gathering of “Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home.” This was the first of three biennial events designed to more deeply integrate Laudato Si’ and Catholic climate change teaching into eight key ministries of the U.S. Catholic Church: Advocacy, Adult Faith Formation, Creation Care Teams, Energy Management, Higher Education, Liturgy, School Education, Young Adult Ministry. Sister Patricia Siemen, the Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters delivered a keynote address, “Listening to Earth”. Access her presentation (slides and audio).

 


Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, CCL work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.


Citizens Climate Lobby Meetings - Adrian, Michigan Chapter

 




HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

Recommended Action from the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

Take advantage of the Congressional recess August 5 – September 6 to schedule visits with your Representatives and Senators while they are back home in-district. The particular piece of legislation to discuss with your legislators during your visit is the Central American Women and Children Protection Act (S. 1781 / H.R. 2836). This legislation addresses some of the root causes of human trafficking including poverty and violence against women and children. It would authorize appropriations for the Department of State for the next three years to provide assistance to the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to increase protection of women and children in their homes and communities and reduce female homicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Read more and access resources.

If you are unable to visit your legislators, make a call and ask your Representative and Senators to support The Central American Women and Children Protection Act (S.1781/H.R. 2836).





ANTI-NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION

 

“Nuclear weapons are the most inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. They violate international law, cause severe environmental damage, undermine national and global security, and divert vast public resources away from meeting human needs. They must be eliminated urgently.” (ICAN – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) 

Read arguments for nuclear abolition

Read the ICAN newsletter. Find out what is happening around the world on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation. 



100 DAYS OF PRAYER

 

The fifth 100 Days of Prayer series will run from September 1 - December 9, 2019. Click here to access the website and scroll down to see the weekly prayer lists. 100 Days of Prayer is designed by the Sister of St. Joseph of Orange.